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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Augusta Gudeman

Augusta assists with event coordination for CLOSUP. She is earning her MPP at the Ford School and her M.U.P. with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and most recently worked as a consultant with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Augusta is interested in studying state and local urban policy.

Rachel Hampton

Rachel provides research on state oil and gas severance taxes for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She recently graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan (Class of 2014), where she studied  Political Science, German,  and minored in Sustainability.   Rachel is currently studying environmental law and policy at  the University of Michigan Law School.


Hannah Smith

Hannah is a Policy Analyst at CLOSUP working with CLOSUP Director Barry Rabe. She is a 2017 undergraduate in Program in the Environment, with a specialization in Environmental Policy and a minor in Sustainability. She is interested in the intersection of environmental policy and urban planning.


Tom Van Heeke

Tom is a policy analyst studying fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards in the United States. He earned his BA degree in political science, graduating with honors from Grinnell College. Prior to enrolling in the Master of Public Policy program at the Ford School, Tom researched and wrote extensively on an array of state and local policy issues at Frontier Group, a think tank in Boston. One of Tom's primary interests is transportation policy.


Kate Watkins

Kate is a Policy Analyst at CLOSUP through the University of Michigan's Undergradaute Research Opportunity Program (UROP), studying differing opinions among local government officials for the Michigan Public Policy Survey. She is a 2020 undergraduate student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is interested in educational and climate change policy.


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